Have you ever tried raw cacao (pronounce it “ka – cow”) beans? They are one of the most AMAZING superfoods that you can eat. Cacao beans come from the seeds of the cacao tree, which was named by Carl von Linnaeus, the 18th-century Swedish scientist, in 1753. He named the tree, Theobroma Cacao, which literally means “cacao, the food of the gods.” The Aztecs also understood the importance of these beans, and years ago they even used them as a currency. One fish was worth three cacao beans and one avocado was worth one cacao bean!
So what is it that makes these magic little beans so special?
Well, raw cacao is absolutely jam packed with nutrients and antioxidants. In fact, it contains over 300 identifiable chemical compounds, making it one of the most complex foods known to man. Just one of these little beans will give you a concentrated source of anti-oxidants, magnesium, chromium and vitamin C.
Why is it better to eat cacao raw?
Cacao is processed to make chocolate. During cooking the cacao is heated, which degrades its flavanoids, stimulates the caffeine effect and destroys many of the powerful nutrients. Whole milk is then added to milk chocolate which reduces the overall cacao content per ounce while at the same time increases saturated fat levels. A ton of processed sugar is then usually added into the mix along with some preservatives to turn what was originally a magnificent superfood into a toxic mass of highly addictive diabetes in a bar. But the good news is you can throw out your milk chocolate and trade it in for raw cacao, the original version, which is amazingly good for you! Isn’t that just the best news you’ve heard today?!
What are the benefits of eating raw cacao?
- reduces LDL cholesterol
- Helps with weight loss
- Improves mood
- Alleviates depression
- Diminishes appetite
- rejuvenates the body
- Increases focus and alertness
- Reduces the risk of diabetes
- Boosts brainpower
- Protects against cancer
- Natural aphrodisiac